Spark Studio Salem is a social space for making, providing tools, resources and connections; we empower our community to satisfy their creative drive.
To achieve the vision, Spark Studio Salem makerspace:
- Facilitates intra-community learning and encourages the intersection of technology and art;
- Encourages social connections through common space and facilitation of Maker events;
- Provides local opportunities for skill training, collaboration, and lifelong learning;
- Provides access to tools that would otherwise be out of reach;
- Supports our community regardless of skill, income, or background.
Spark Studio Salem is the name we’ve given our mission of forming a makerspace in Salem, a sort of shared mad scientist garage… A community that encourages and empowers each member to learn and create through peer mentoring, dedicated work / social space, tools, and misc resources that are beyond what each member could comfortably manage on their own.
As of February 2021, we have conducted a survey of interest levels and types in Salem, registered as an official non-profit 501(c)3 organization with state and federal agencies, held many pre-covid one-off events, established a monthly “First Tuesday Social” (Originally 7pm at Salem Ale Works, currently online via Slack). Post-covid we’ll return to our previous monthly “Third Thursday Maker Night” (5p-830p at Center 50+, 2nd floor Craft room) while continuing our search for dedicated space. Assets acquired include an enclosed trailer / associated solar panels etc (see projects below), and an RF-30 Mill.
The makerspace board currently consists of:
- Jeremy Greenwood (President),
- David Duncan (Vice-President),
- Chris Feaster (Secretary), and
- Duncan Beevers (Treasurer).
Current group projects:
- Fitting an enclosed trailer with solar panels and battery system to provide power for outdoor events.
- Converting our RF-30 Mill to a CNC Mill.